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Grandad's visit to Tokyo!2019.02.21


Grandad's visit to Tokyo!

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Dear readers,
 
It’s getting warmer! Finally! I love early Spring, and I’ll be very pleased to not have to wear my coat when the time comes.
 
I’ll be writing today about a visit from one of my relatives! Some of you may know already, but actually my grandad visited Japan last weekend. That’s right! My elderly grandfather! By himself! He had been visiting New Zealand, where one of my uncles lives, and thought he’d stop by Japan on his way back to the UK. He arrived in Tokyo on Saturday evening, and returned to the UK on Monday evening.
 
It was really interesting to show my grandad around Tokyo, because usually the people I show around are my friends, who are young and full of energy, and interested in fashionable districts like Omotesando. My grandad is not interested in fashion or shopping. Moreover, he had absolutely no idea what Japan was like before arriving. As a result, I had to think hard about what our itinerary would be.
 
In the end, this is what we did! On day one, we went from Shinjuku (where my grandad’s hotel was) to Meiji Jingu. He enjoyed learning a little bit about Japan’s Shinto customs, and seeing a traditional shrine. I told him about the emperor Meiji, why the shrine was built, and what it signified. We also ate dango!
After that, we travelled across Tokyo to Ueno! Ueno is a centre for Japanese history and culture, so I thought it’d be a good destination. Coincidentally, there was a festival in Ueno park, so I introduced my grandad to Japanese street food. We got some takoyaki, and he enjoyed it, although he was a bit apprehensive of the octopus, which he’d never eaten before. Then we went to the National Museum, and saw some classic Japanese artworks and precious swords and tea ceremony tools.
After visiting Ueno, my grandad and I went back to Shinjuku via Shibuya, so that he could see the scramble crossing just as it was getting dark. I booked a table for us at an upmarket izakaya in Shinjuku near the station (with tables, because he can’t sit on the floor!). This was my grandad’s first proper meal in Japan, so I wanted him to try various things. He drank Japanese beer (which he really likes), and ate sashimi as well as a few other classic dishes. It was a nice evening!
 
The next day, we went to Shinjuku Gyoen in the morning. I showed him around the Japanese garden, which he thought looked like a postcard. I also took him to the small teahouse within the park, to try usucha and wagashi made by a woman in a kimono. I didn’t expect him to like the taste of matcha, but surprisingly he did!
Then, we took the train to Asakusa! This was my grandad’s favourite Tokyo location. He thought that the temple was very impressive in size, and we enjoyed doing a bit of shopping and eating street food. I love taiyaki, so I got one for my grandad filled with sweet potato, which he thought was delicious!
Finally, after Asakusa, we went to Ginza together. Although my grandad wasn’t interested in shopping, as I mentioned, he did enjoy walking along the pedestrianised main road and taking in the atmosphere.
 
There were a few things that my grandad was surprised by in Japan. One thing was the sheer number of people in Tokyo! He’d never seen crowds like that before. Another was Japanese people’s enthusiasm for culture. He was taken aback by the fact that there were so many Japanese people who wanted to go to the museums. I was glad to hear him say that he’d like to come back again someday!
 
I hope you enjoyed hearing about my grandad’s visit! He was very impressed by Japan. If you’d like to know more about this visit, feel free to ask me this week!
 
Best wishes,
Sarah

P.S. In the US, when talking about a grandfather, it's more common to say 'grandpa', but in the UK we usually use 'grandad'.

 

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